NORFOLK – As Labor Day weekend approaches and the end of the summer nears, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol recently conducted alcohol and tobacco inspections on Saturday, August 24.
According to a release from the Nebraska State Patrol, several businesses through the Troop B area were involved. These inspections were made possible thanks in part to grant funding from the Synar program and Health Community Initiatives.
Alcohol inspections were held in Stanton, Cuming and Burt counties. In total, 36 businesses were inspected with four of the businesses selling alcohol to a minor for a non-compliance rate of 11 percent.
Businesses that failed the alcohol inspections were Tavern 310 in Bancroft; KB’s Mini Mart in Lyons; Winner’s Grill in Tekamah and Rush’s Liquor Store in West Point.
Investigators also conducted tobacco inspections at 20 businesses located throughout northeast Nebraska. Two of the businesses sold tobacco to an underage person for a non-compliance rate of 10 percent.
The businesses that failed the tobacco inspections were Hy-Vee in Columbus and Gragert’s Grocery in Creighton.
Also, troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol in Norfolk will be conducting a series of special enforcement activities aimed at combating impaired driving and alcohol/drug related violations.
The North Central District Health Department in O’Neill has provided grant money to help fund these efforts. The special enforcement activities will be held in Holt, Boyd, Antelope, Knox and Pierce counties.
The special enforcement will include vehicle checks, sobriety checkpoints and high visibility patrols during the afternoon/evening and early morning hours. This is a concerted effort to reduce the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes. The extra funds will help the NSP keep troopers out longer and have a better presence to help deter poor driving decisions.
Their goal is to have a visual presence that will encourage drivers to voluntarily comply with all traffic safety laws and provide for safer travel for everyone.